How I Got Around Time Warner Cable’s Modem Rental Fee
I am not a big fan of getting charged for something that I don’t think is justified. One case in point is the modem rental fee that Time Warner Cable charges its customers. I have only been a TWC internet customer since I cut my cable. About a year ago, Time Warner Cable (TWC) decided it wanted to charge it customers $3.95 a month to rent their cable modem. Most people that use have internet service probably “rent” these cable modems from their providers. I had been a TWC customer for near 8 years and never once paid this fee or at least they didn’t break it out on the line items.
I was upset when I learned that I needed to pay a nearly $4 monthly charge to rent a modem that was technically not up to par with the internet speeds I was receiving. They wanted me to pay to rent an old and used modem from them. I wasn’t happy, so I called them up. After speaking kindly to someone about the issue, I was able to get my monthly bill reduced by $3.95 to offset the cost.
Well, Not Anymore!
At the end of July, I received a little postcard from my favorite, cash hungry, internet provider. TWC sent a little inconspicuous card that said they would be upping the fee to $5.99 a month. Really TWC! Now you want me to pay more for an outdated modem? That is a ridiculous request……
I called them up and talked with another person there. It appears that I wasn’t going to get out of this one. I either needed to pony up the extra cash or buy my own modem. Hmm…..I am technical enough to handle my own modem, so why not look into it?
Find the Right Modem
If you want to buy your own modem in order to not pay Time Warner Cable’s ridiculous rental fee, then you have some choices. TWC put together a nice little page of the tested and approved modems that you can use. You need to purchase one of these modems in order for your service to work. You should pick a modem based on your current speeds that you are paying for. I went with a DOCSIS 3.0 modem because it is well worth the money.
Sticking It to the Man
I jumped on Amazon to find which cable modem that is approved by Time Warner had the best reviews. After some searches, I found that i wanted to get the Motorola SB6141. I would highly recommend this modem for you setup. It was easy to purchase (Amazon Prime, baby!) and super easy to setup. I was able to get the SB6141 for less than $90 and I think it will be well worth it.
If you don’t purchase your own modem, here it the breakdown of your costs.
The current price on Amazon is $86.99 with free shipping. If you live in a state where Amazon charges sales tax, then you have to add that. One year of the TWC rental fee would be $71.88. In order to break even on the cost of the modem, you would need to keep it for about 1 year and 3 months. That cable modem should last longer than that.
If you are tired of paying extra fees for old technology, then take matters into your own hands. Remember that you do have to return the rented modem back to Time Warner, but that is a small price to pay. I am happy that I don’t have to pay the extra rental fee and I will gladly recommend it to anyone else. Don’t let TWC tell you that you will have issues because 99.99% of the time, it would be their service issue, not the modems.
It’s time to tell Time Warner “No” to their extra fees!